AMD is pretty happy with the results of last year's Never Settle promotion. So happy, in fact, that it's decided to renew the promotion with a fresh batch of games for the new year. AMD calls its latest offer the Never Settle Reloaded Bundle, and it looks like this:
In short, Radeon HD 7900-series graphics cards are going to ship with free copies of Crysis 3 and BioShock Infinite, while 7800-series offerings will come with BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider. That sounds like a pretty solid bargain, given that these are all triple-A titles that ought to cost $50-60 at launch.
Not pictured: the "Ultimate Reload" deal, thanks to which buyers of two Radeon HD 7900-series GPUs will be entitled to free copies of all three aforementioned titles, plus Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution, and Sleeping Dogs. Note that I'm saying GPUs, not cards. The promotion will apply to dual-GPU solutions like Asus' ROG Ares II. If you prefer to get two separate cards, AMD says you'll just have to check out with both of them in your e-tail shopping cart at the same time—or in a pre-baked PC from a systems integrator.
If you don't live in North America, you should be aware of a couple of regional twists. In the Asia Pacific region, AMD says it will substitute Tomb Raider with the new Devil May Cry game, which it claims is more popular over there. And if you live in the UK and happen to grab one of those ROG Ares II behemoths, you'll get eight games instead of six: Crysis 3, BioShock Infinite, DiRT Showdown, Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and Nexuiz. (This only applies to the ROG Ares II, mind you—not to other dual-GPU cards.)
Now, none of those new games are out yet. Crysis 3 will arrive on February 19, with Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite scheduled to follow on March 5 and March 26, respectively. So, here's how things will go down: e-tailers will throw a coupon in with your order. Enter the code from that coupon on the Never Settle Reloaded landing page, and you'll be given Steam and/or Origin game codes. Enter those in the appropriate client app, and each game will unlock as soon as it's released. Simple—just like pre-ordering, minus the spending money part.
And it looks like the promotion has already begun. A quick look through Newegg's listings shows cards like PowerColor's $295 Radeon HD 7950 already come with a coupon for Crysis 3 and BioShock Infinite. Similarly, you can snag a $229 Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition or a $170 Radeon HD 7850 and get BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider codes with your order. Two free $50-60 games with a $170 card—now that's a deal.
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